A Look Into My Minimalist Closet

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*** This post was written before I discovered the 10 Item Wardrobe. You can see my updated wardrobe in these posts and videos.***

I have two competing personalities when it comes to clothes.

One side of me doesn’t care a bit about fashion, and would wear the exact same thing every day if it would stay clean.

The other side of my split clothing personality loves to dress up and look nice, and hates looking like a fashion frump. Over the years, I have battled to find a happy medium between the two, and I am still working on that aspect.

However, the one thing both of my split clothing personalities agree on, is LESS IS MORE!

This is my huge walk in closet that houses every piece of clothing I own. (With the exception of a few maternity clothes up in the attic.)

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All of my husband’s clothes are on the left, and mine are on the right. I keep them in three different sections. The first section is my tops- long and short sleeve. I used to always have to pack up my off season clothes, but now I have PLENTY of room for everything to be out at one time.

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Pants and skirts are next. I am lacking in the pants department right now. I swear I had two more pair that have gotten misplaced somewhere in the unpacking process. So, this is minus a couple of pairs of jeans!

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Lastly, I have all my dresses, and my two coats. Dresses are definitely my weakness when it comes to clothes. I LOVE to wear them, even around the house. Sadly, they have been sitting pretty dormant since last summer because wearing dresses doesn’t go well with nursing. πŸ™

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I have my swim suit, tank tops, shorts, sweaters, yoga pants, and underclothes folded up on the shelf above.

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I have a pair of rarely used tennis shoes, my winter boots, slippers, and my “special occasion” black high heels in the bottom of my closet, and my summer sandals, and mud boots are kept downstairs in the mud room area.

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I am totally basking in the fact that I FINALLY have a nice big closet, and that I don’t even need to have a dresser in our bedroom anymore!

I am still trying to find the balance between dressing decently around the house without ruining my nicer clothes with baby spit up, pee, or chicken poop and mud.Β Aprons are definitely a must for me!

How do you dress when you are at home? Jeans and a t-shirt? Sweatpants? Dress and full makeup?

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22 responses to “A Look Into My Minimalist Closet”

  1. Joy says:

    I love how clean and organized your closet looks! I went through my closet a couple weeks ago, and I’m loving having a simpler wardrobe and a clean closet. I’ve got a post scheduled for tomorrow about my closet! πŸ™‚

    • Angi says:

      Joy- I totally love your post on capsule wardrobes! I am going to check out your 31 day of living with less series too. It sounds like it’s right up my alley. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment!

  2. I love your minimalist closet! I’m about the same in having trouble between not caring what I wear and wanting to look nice. I still have a dresser since I have the tiniest closet in the world. (And a lot of t-shirts still) my dresses are also feeling neglected because of nursing. πŸ˜‰

  3. Love this! I am a minimalist too. My closet is about 4 feet long + winter things like boots and coats and other things to keep me warm here in Canada. I would not want it any different. So easy to organize and never worry about what to wear.

  4. Jendi says:

    I dream of having a nice size closet one day. I would do the same thing and get rid of my dresser. I just have not even had an average size closet for my clothes since I’ve been married. It does force me to keep my number of clothes down and I understand your struggle between fashionista and frump. Best wishes!

  5. Stella Lee says:

    You’re not alone with the competing personalities. I tend to go the sweatpants and t-shirt at home so that my ‘nice clothes’ don’t get worn out.

  6. JES says:

    I also have the same thoughts on clothing and am trying to find that happy medium!! Thanks for sharing your closet with us πŸ™‚ You will find me in long denim skirts and shirts everyday with a goose-down vest and thermals underneath during fall and winter πŸ™‚

  7. Tami says:

    I really need to get rid of clothes in both my closet and my husband’s closet. Yes, we have separate closets. I get overwhelmed and quit before I get started. Blah!

  8. Split personality and minimalist also here! My husband in the other hand is THE clutter type! His closet is full with clothes he has not worn in years!

  9. Sara says:

    Thank you for sharing!

    I have it all in a closet too. Things that don’t hang up are in a little container on the shelf in the closet. Everything else is hanging up. I wear my clothes until they fall apart. I go clean out my closet once a year. Things move from the “can wear in public” to the “wear strictly outside or around the house ONLY” to the “it’s time to cut you up into another use” category.

    With my life, I have very few opportunities or needs to dress up. But when I do have to, I have a few nice blouses I can pair with one pair of nice jeans or one nice skirt. I have ancient shoes that I can wear for dress up.

    Full make up? OMG, not since um, er…ah…not since I gave up being a Mary Kay consultant back in 2006? With my 180 life change, make up doesn’t fit into my life.

  10. Great post! Love the peek into your closet, and I agree…it’s great to have all that SPACE! I have the same dual personality with clothing, too lol. I also chose this post as my favorite on the From the Farm Blog Hop, thanks so much for linking up! It will be featured on this week’s Hop post tomorrow (10/24/2014)

  11. I just pared down my fall wardrobe a month ago to 37 items total, including shoes! It’s been so nice to open my closet (I also don’t need a dresser anymore) and have all that space. It makes it easier to pick out outfits and to make sure I am wearing all my clothes instead of the same thing over and over.

  12. I LOVE THIS! I just moved from Dallas to Fayetteville, Ar. In the process, I donated lots of clothes and other things rarely used and definitely not needed. My closet is organized and simple and I love it. I still have too much but a much needed improvement. So glad I found your blog. I’ll be a regular visitor. Hope you visit me at http://www.gracegritsgarden.com

  13. Mel says:

    I live on a farm and have a side job in a warehouse, so my needs are probably a little different from most people’s. However, over the past few years I’ve finally gotten to the place I want to be where clothing is concerned. I hate shopping, but more importantly I’ve always hated having to pick out something to wear in the mornings. So I finally settled on one style of jeans that I like and two styles of shirt (one for summer and one for winter). I wear the same outfit (though not the same articles of clothing) every day. Oddly, I did just read an article lately that Steve Jobs and several other successful people did this (there weren’t any women on the list). I do own two or three sweaters, turtlenecks and flannel shirts that I can add when the weather or occasion requires – they’re all in sort of neutral tones so I don’t have to worry about matching anything up. And I do own one dress for the infrequent wedding or funeral – it’s good for summer or can be layered for winter. I’m very happy with this system.

    Thanks for this post — I rarely run across ANY other clothing minimalists πŸ™‚

    • Angi says:

      I recently read that about Steve Jobs too Mel!! I am in the process of honing my wardrobe down even more this next year. I want it to be only styles that I LOVE, and that totally work for my lifestyle.

  14. Terri says:

    My wardrobe includes professional attire for my put of home work, gardening and outdoor “farm” clothing, workout, running and yoga. I also hike and bike. Therefore, I have a little of this and whole lot of that. I have been paring down over the last year. My goal is to fit all my hangups in one closet and half of the drawers we have. No more putting away for seasons. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Beth says:

    I know this is an older post but has anyone that is a homesteader/ homemaker considered wearing nurses style scrubs? I’m slowly venturing into this world and am wondering if they would be a good alternative to my “looks like garbage”work clothes while bring sturdy enough to get messy in. It would definitely be something to get rid of other stuff to bring in new.

    • Angi says:

      Hmm. I haven’t ever thought of scrubs. Unfortunately, they aren’t very thick or warm, so they wouldn’t work well for this time of year for me. I like to buy really high quality clothes, and wear them for a really long time. That way, even when they are older and used for dirty work clothes, they don’t look like crap. But, I would imagine that scrubs would be an option if you live in a warmer climate!!

  16. Jyoti says:

    Hello Lovely Angi,
    I totally love your post really your post is awesome. My wardrobe includes professional clothesfor my put of home work, gardening and outdoor clothes, including shoes.

  17. Jackie mcadams says:

    I am thrilled to find your blog. I have never heard the term ‘clothing minimalist’ but I believe I have become one over the last couple of years. I too have my work and home wardrobe. I work in a community mental health centre, so I dress semi-casual (if that is a term). I stick to neutrals – grey, black, whites and plums. Slim fit pants/jeans with looser tops and cardigans (I too live in a cold climate). For home, I keep two clear bins on the top shelf of closet – one yoga pants, the other t-shirts/hoodies. I like to walk my dog and putter around the house on days off. Having less in the closet has saved me time and stress in the morning! Love that there are other like minded people out there.

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